'If you enjoy the likes of Kimber's Men, The Longest Johns, She Shanties,
and Fishermen's Friends then add this superb quartet to your list'
Graham Hobbs, Shire Folk
'Now here’s a crew I would sign on with for a rollick ‘round the Horn. In a heartbeat.'
David Francey, 3x JUNO Award / Canadian Folk Music Awards recipient
Pressgang Mutiny are Toronto's Shantymen, dedicated to traveling the globe to discover shanties, works songs and the people who sing them. A quartet of dynamic musicians and tall ship sailors, they have performed extensively in Canada and the US and recently returned from a festival tour of France, Poland, the UK and the Netherlands. They were most recently selected as an Official Showcase artist at the 2023 Folk Music Ontario Conference.
With their dedication to showcasing and sharing the full breadth of one of the world's first truly multicultural music, Pressgang Mutiny have collaborated with and learned from sea shanty singers from around the globe. They are currently producing a record and Bear Away Yankee, Bear Away Boys, an accompanying documentary film with traditional shanty singers and whalermen from the Caribbean nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Whether performing a rollicking set of shanties from around the world, leading educational workshops for new and experienced shanty audiences, or interviewing other artists as part of their ongoing podcast The Shanty Show, the lads of Pressgang Mutiny are guaranteed to entertain, educate, and delight.
Pressgang Mutiny are Richard Kott, James McKie, Tim Pyron, and Stefan Read.
'Their singing is perfectly suited to their material, combining the powerful drive needed for working
along with an enthusiasm for the task in hand which comes across in every syllable.'
Gordon Potter, Living Tradition
Select previous appearances
Mystic Sea Music Festival, USA
Folk Music Ontario Official Showcase, Canada
Paimpol Festival du Chants de Marin, France
Whitby Folk Week, UK
SING! The Toronto International Vocal Arts Festival, Canada
Bie Daip Internationaal Folk & Seasongsfestival, Netherlands
Port Praci Piesni Festival, Poland
Papenburg Music Festival, Germany
Muskoka Music Festival, Canada
Festival Navegacion Tradicional del Caribe Insular, Colombia
Essex Sea Music Festival, USA
Fundy Sea Shanty Festival, Canada
Oban International Shanty Festival, UK